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Notes from Tim Benton’s Revision Seminar (March 2017) Apr 6, 2017

Notes from Tim Benton’s Seminar on Revision from March 2017 have been posted on the Revision page, here.

Childline’s For Me App Mar 31, 2017

Childline have launched a new app called “For Me”.

Further details are available here:

We hope you find this useful. It is part of our ongoing commitment to help and safeguard our young people more effectively.

Thank you

Mrs Cain
Deputy Head
Safeguarding Lead

GCSE Grades 9 to 1 Explained (Video) Mar 27, 2017

Ofqual have produced this video to help explain the change of GCSE Grades to 9 to 1.

School Direct Teacher Training with St Mary’s Catholic High School Mar 21, 2017

St Mary’s Catholic High School in partnership with the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University has School Direct secondary initial teacher training places available for 2017/18 in:

Art & Design; Biology; Computing; Design and Technology; English; Geography; Mathematics; MFL; Physics; RE


School Direct Teacher Training

St Mary’s is the lead school for the School Direct programme in our local area. Our programme offers you an initial teacher education programme of the highest quality, supported by outstanding teachers in our own and partner schools at both primary and secondary level. You will gain practical hands-on experience from the start combined with a solid academic background in collaboration with our partner universities in Sheffield. We have filled our primary places for the year 2017-18 but still have places on the secondary programmes indicated. Your in school training would take place in two of our partner schools which include St Mary’s, Tupton Hall School, Brookfield Community School, Dronfield Henry Fanshaw and Highfields.

All our School Direct courses lead to both Qualified Teacher Status and either a PGCE (60 Masters’ credits) or PGDE (120 Masters’ credits) qualification. Newly Qualified Teachers who have been trained within our alliance are highly sought after by our partner schools and other schools in the local area who recognise the quality of our training programme.


Why choose the St Mary’s School Direct route?

  • Experienced and fully accredited mentors across a broad range of schools in the North East and mid Derbyshire and South Yorkshire areas.
  • School placements tailored to your strengths and interests.
  • A partnership that works with both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities to develop a programme of the highest calibre.
  • A partnership which recognises that the key to outstanding student success is in investing in the development of outstanding teachers.


What will the training be like?

  • Training lasts for one academic year starting in September 2017 and involves considerable school-based experience in partnership schools – typically four days a week (depending on the programme), with one day per week spent at University during the Autumn term
  • You will do placements in two contrasting schools
  • PGCE/PGDE and Master’s level teaching is scheduled throughout the year and takes place at either Sheffield University or Sheffield Hallam University (depending on the programme).
  • You will work with an experienced mentor throughout the programme.


What personal attributes, qualifications and experience are we looking for?

  • The motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning; these are the essential characteristics needed to successfully complete the programme and progress in your career.
  • GCSE grade C minimum (or equivalent) in English and Maths
  • A first degree at a minimum of upper second class honours is usually required however consideration will be given to exceptional applicants with a lower second class degree (must already have, or anticipate being awarded).
  • Recent observation and/or employment experience in a secondary school.
  • A pass in the DfE mathematics and English skills test.


How is the programme financed?

  • The places still available are non-salaried; the programme fees are currently £9,000.
  • Training bursaries may be available depending on DFE priorities. You can also access maintenance grants (see the Get into Teaching website for further details (


How can I apply for the programme?

  • All applications must be made via the UCAS portal (
  • Successful candidates are invited to interview. The interview involves group tasks, interaction with pupils and individual interviews.

If you require more information, please email:

Sarah Bennett

Year 11 Parents’ Meeting (Tim Benton) Rescheduled Mar 13, 2017

The Year 11 Parents’ meeting which was originally scheduled for Thursday 16th March has been rescheduled to Thursday 30th March at 6pm in the Drama hall.

Thank you.

BBC News School Report 2017 Mar 13, 2017

The BBC News School Report 2017 will be taking place on Thursday 16th March.

Mrs Shaw will be co-ordinating the event for the school, and articles will be published on the school website page.

More information about the BBC News School Report is available here on the BBC website.

Sixth Form (2017 entry) Options Form Jan 13, 2017

The Options Form for current Year 11 students wishing to continue their studies at St Mary’s in the Sixth Form is available here.

Please note that it must be returned in assembly on Thursday 19th January.

Year 11 Mock Examination Timetable published Jan 12, 2017

The Y11 Mock Examination Timetable has been published on the Exams pages of the school website:


Updated PE Extra Curricular Timetable published Jan 9, 2017

The updated PE Extra Curricular Timetable has been published on the school website:


Thank you

Microsoft Office – Free for all current students Dec 22, 2016

All students who are enrolled at St Mary’s Catholic High School are entitled to a free copy of Microsoft Office 2016 Professional Plus for use on their home devices.

Instructions on how to gain access to the software have been emailed to each student at their school email address.

St Mary's Catholic High School, Newbold Road, Newbold, Chesterfield, S41 8AG

St Marys Catholic High School Academy Trust is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8107212 and has a registered office at Newbold Road, Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 8AG.

St Mary's Catholic High School